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Administration proposes PICs run new employment programs.

President Bush announced a new job training initiative with a "one-stop shopping" approach that expands the authority and responsibilities of the Private Industry Council, provides funds for welfare-to-work projects, pays for welfare-to-work initiatives, creates apprenticeship prog;rams and create a lifetime training account of grants or loans for education and training.

Job Training 2000 was developed by Vice President Dan Quayle, Department of Labor Secretary Lynn Martin and Department of Education Secretary Lamar Alexander. It seeks to reform vocational training, facilitate the transition from school-to-work, facilitate the transition from welfare-to-work and promote life long learning.

The initiative will provide a "one-stop shopping" center for job training that will be coordinated by the Private Industry Councils (PIC). The theory is that PICs are run effectively and are in the best position to administer a comprehensive employment and training program.

Employment Services offices will be skill centers administered by local PICs where skills assessment and testing, referral services and counseling will occur. PICs will be subject to performance standards, will be provided with performance grants, will certify all local area vocational education and job training programs, coordinate the delivery of more than $11 billion in vocational education services, and will issue training vouchers to individuals eligible for PIC-certified programs.

In facilitating the transition from school-to-work, the president will utilize the provision of his education initiative AMERICA 2000 that calls for the creation of voluntary standards for what an employer should know and be able to do in different occupational areas. PICs will use these standards to evaluate federally funded job training programs. Schools will also be allowed to establish youth apprenticeship programs that do not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The administration will also fund private sector welfare-to-work demonstration projects under Job Training 2000. States would be allowed to use private and nonprofit firms to provide basic training and job placement for welfare recipients.

The Jobs Training 2000 will contain a Lifetime Education and Training Account consisting of a combination of grants and loans that can be used by citizens eligible for Federal assistance for education and training. This account may be use by these citizens throughout their lifetime to continue their education and training.
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Title Annotation:Job Training 2000 proposes a job training initiative under the authority of the Private Industry Council
Author:Barreto, Julio
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 27, 1992
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